Elk Complex BAER

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Elk Complex BAER

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Approximate Location

43.358 latitude, -115.448 longitude

Incident Overview

The majority of the burned area is now open to public use. Areas remaining closed to all use are in the Dog Creek watershed. Areas with restricted use are Danskin OHV area with only foot or horse use allowed; and Wilson Creek Trails with a similar allowed use. Motorized or mechanized use is prohibitied.

The mid-September mud slides have mostly stablized and dried. All county roads are open. The Elk Complex Fire resulted from several lightning fires burning together on the night of August 8th. It was declared 100% contained on 8/31. The burned area focus now is implementing Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) projects.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) activities are on-going with road drainage work completed in the fall with additional work planned this spring along with some re-seeding along roadways. Aerial seeding is completed and helicopter straw mulching is completedl. Nearly 75% of the burned area had high to moderate burn severity.

The remaining closure detailed information is described specifically in the CLOSURES portion of this site. A current map of the closure area can be found under MAPS.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 08th, 2013 approx. 09:00 PM
Location10 miles southwest of Pine
Incident CommanderMountain Home RD

Current Situation

Size131,258 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

timber, brush, grass

Significant Events


Planned Actions

Monitor status. Rehab has occurred along roads with priority being to enhance water movement through road culverts and along road ditches. The Burned Area Emergency Response funding is approved and projects completed include grass seeding, planting trees and shrubs along the SF Boise River, and beginning to fall hazard trees in the Fall Creek area. Helicopter straw mulching is completed.

Projected Incident Activity

Very low


South Fork Boise River area is open to public entry with a few areas continuing to have some public access restrictions. The Danskin OHV area is open to foot or horse use only. The Wilson Creek Trails are open to foot or horse use only. The Dog Creek watershed is entirely closed. Day use is allowed along the SF Boise River, but overnight use is prohibited.

Unit Information

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Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709

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